Capturing the Moment in Oils

Author(s): David Curtis


One of the attractions of painting outdoors is the challenge of capturing the spirit of a place - changing light, weather and transient conditions demand particular painting skills if they are to be interpreted effectively. Leading painter David Curtis works on location, in all weathers, observing and capturing the subtle effects of light and mood. Oil paint is as good for painting on site as it is for large-scale painting in the studio; it is remarkably responsive; can be applied in many different ways; and it allows time to assess and modify work in progress. In this fascinating book, David Curtis shows how he achieves such expressive and original results using drawings, paintings and stage-by-stage examples. He gives detailed explanations of his two main working methods - for plein-air paintings and for studio compositions - as well as plenty of helpful guidance and advice on choosing materials, exploring techniques, selecting ideas, composition, colour and tone and associated topics.

2006. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy only marked by light rubbing to the spine ends. The contents are very fine. The d/w is also fine. Scans available if required.


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*Expert guidance on handling oils from one of the UK's leading painters*Specialist advice on how to work quickly and 'capture the moment' in oils*Illustrated with the author's atmospheric, accomplished paintings*Also contains step-by-step painting examples

'eagerly awaited, this is magnidficently produced and provides a thorough guide to David's unique approach to light and colour that makes him so popular in any medium' Artists' Choice

David Curtis is one of the country's best-known and most successful painters. He won first prize in the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 1992 and he has won several other prizes in this event. Further awards include the Stanley Grimm Memorial Prize (ROI, 1991 and 1997); the Collins Brown Award (RWS, 1996); and the Roberson Award (RSMA, 2002). His work is widely exhibited and is also published as fine-art cards and prints. David is the author of bestselling Light and Mood with Watercolour (ISBN 0713489553). He lives near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

General Fields

  • : 9780713490077
  • : Anova Books
  • : Batsford Ltd
  • : March 2006
  • : 276mm X 216mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 100 illustrations
  • : 128
  • : 751.45
  • : Hardback
  • : David Curtis